Sunday, 15 June 2014

Figs of Temptation

Insalata di Fichi, Cavolo Rapa, Mozzarella & Rucola con Sumac
Fig, Kohlrabi, Mozzarella & Arugula Salad with Sumac

Summertime = salad-time... even for me and I am not the greatest salad fan, I have to admit. Unless that is, it is something a little unusual and flavorful and a change from the everyday options...

The typical thing to make in the Summer months is a Caprese salad, the classic tomato, basil and mozzarella combination that everybody knows and loves... But there is plenty more you can do with that mozzarella you know!

The ingredients were, 1 kohlrabi, 2 figs, 1 ball of mozzarella, a couple of handfuls of arugula and a tablespoon of sumac for a tangy and vibrant flavor... That's all good stuff!

I love the way that Sumac tastes, with a tangy astringent edge to it, you can basically replace vinegar or lemon juice in recipes with this, which is great fun!

Prep-work is simple... First of all, peel and cut the kohlrabi into french-fry sized sticks...

Then sprinkle with salt, drizzle with honey and olive oil and then give them a generous sprinkle of Sumac... Yum!

Allow to marinate for 10-15 minutes and pour-off any excess moisture given off.

Serve the kohlrabi sticks on top of a bed of arugula...

...and then add the mozzarella and the figs, which I cut into quarters. Arrange decoratively, season with salt and pepper, add a generous sprinkle of sumac and a drizzle of olive oil and enjoy!

Salad does NOT need to be boring!

Beautiful, ripe and juicy figs... Mmmmhhhh!


  1. Look really yummy. And it makes me regret not buying those figs I saw in the market over the weekend. One (slightly embarrassing) question: what is sumac?

  2. Glad you like it Frank and no need to be embarrassed... There's nobody else here except you and me ;-) Sumac is the powder/spice, made from the dried and ground, red husk of the nutmeg. It tastes slightly astringent and vinegary, making it a great addition to salads and summer dishes... You should try it out! Best wishes, Francesco :-)